As some may be aware, but many not, Chester, my faithful writing assistant, mice catcher, and general pain in the neck, passed away some months ago.
Recently I was running a series based on his adventures, under the title of Past Conversations with my cat.
For those who have not had the chance to read about all of his exploits I will run the series again from Episode 1
These are the memories of our time together…
This is Chester. He’s now answering the phone.
I came down to the living room to find Chester on the counter next to the house phone, and the receiver sitting next to him.
I’m almost too afraid to ask, but, you know it is, nothing ventured, nothing gained.
“What have you done?”
“I thought I’d answer the phone for you. Thing is, they hung up.”
It’s a scam call. They ring up, you answer, they hang up knowing they’ve got a live number to call with their scam.
“Yep. Just sit tight, the scammers will start calling in half an hour.”
I put the receiver back.
“I’m getting back to work.”
“I’ll keep an eye on the phone. When they call, I’ll answer it.”
Yep. That’ll give the scammers something to think about.
Half an hour later, the phone rings. Instinctively I get up to answer it but Chester has answered it. That is, he has dislodged the receiver, and it’s sitting on the bench.
A voice is coming out of it. “This is Aaron. I’m from the Telstra technical department. Hello.”
Chester is looking at the phone, hearing the voice but not quite understanding.
He looks at me. “What is that guy’s problem. I told him I’m not interested. Doesn’t he get it?”
I hang up the phone. “They never get it. But don’t worry, they’ll call back again in an hour or so. Just tell them to go away.”
Chester looks at me with a whimsical smile. “This is going to be fun.”
My scam call problem is solved!